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Welcome to Mr. Bigler's Moodle site. This site serves as the syllabus or curriculum guide for each of the courses that Mr. Bigler teaches. Content for each course includes:

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  • Downloadable copies of worksheets and other assignments
  • Web-based resources, including instructional videos, relating to each topic
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    AP Physics 1 covers the topics and concepts typically included in the first semester of an algebra-based, introductory college-level physics course.  Topics include kinematics (motion), dynamics (forces), circular motion & gravitation, simple harmonic motion, momentum & impulse, energy & work, rotational motion & torque, electric charge & electric force, DC circuits (resistors only), and mechanical waves & sound.  The course focuses on high-level understanding of concepts and experimental design, and prepares students for the AP Physics 1 exam in May.

    Physics 1 is a course designed for high school students in grades 11 & 12. Topics studied include motion, forces, momentum, energy, heat, electricity & magnetism, waves & optics, fluid mechanics, and atomic & particle physics. The course requires that students be comfortable describing and solving real-world problems using algebra and basic trigonometry. The course also requires vector math, but this topic is taught at the beginning of the course. The course is supported by an interactive, inquiry-based laboratory environment where students gain hands-on experience with the concepts being studied. The content of the course course exceeds the requirements of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for high school physics.

    Honors Physics 2 is a second-year physics course designed for high school students in grade 12 who have completed Physics 1. Topics studied include thermodynamics, fluid statics & dynamics, electricity & magnetism (including RC circuits and electromagnetic induction), light & optics, and quantum, atomic & nuclear physics. The course requires that students be comfortable describing and solving real-world problems using algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and vector math. The course is supported by an interactive, inquiry-based laboratory environment where students gain hands-on experience with the concepts being studied.

    Advanced Placement Chemistry is a rigorous second-year chemistry course for students who have completed Chemistry I at the honors level. According to many college professors, AP Chemistry is equivalent to eight credits (two semesters) of a college honors chemistry course intended for chemistry majors. The course covers several topics not usually covered in Chemistry I, such as thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, electrochemistry, and organic chemistry. This course prepares students to take the College Board's AP Chemistry Exam in May.

    Chemistry I (sometimes called pre-AP chemistry) is a first-year chemistry course that exceeds the requirements of the Massachusetts Department of Education for high school chemistry. Topics studied in Chemistry I include measurement, matter, energy & heat, gases, atomic structure, nuclear chemistry, electronic structure, periodicity & the periodic table, chemical formulas & nomenclature, covalent bonding & molecular geometry, intermolecular forces, solutions, chemical reactions & equations, oxidation & reduction, the mole, stoichiometry, kinetics & equilibrium, and acids & bases. Chemistry I prepares students to take AP Chemistry and/or the SAT subject test in chemistry.